A PASSENGER who failed to pay a train fare has been hit with a £380 court bill.

Jacqueline Barlow, of Station Road, Holmes Chapel, failed to produce a valid ticket when asked by an inspector on August 23, last year.

The 48-year-old was travelling from Holmes Chapel to Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Magistrates’ Court was told on February 9.

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At Manchester Piccadilly station, she told an inspector she thought she had lost her ticket.

Her details were obtained and she was advised the facts would be reported.

A letter was sent to the defendant requesting payment for the fare.

When no response was received, a fixed penalty letter was then sent. The fare remained unpaid.

Magistrates found the case proved after listening to the evidence.

Barlow was fined £220 and ordered to pay £150 costs and £13.40 compensation.

The defendant was given until March 22 to pay the £383.40 court penalty.